Here’s an awesome series of photos that recreate famous movie scenes using screen grabs, a cheap printer, a keen eye for movie locations, and some fairly steady hands. They were taken by Christopher Moloney, a writer for the show OutFront on CNN. These are just part of the over 200 locations he’s shot so far, most of which were taken on his walk to work from his home on East 75th Street and First Avenue to Columbus Circle.
It all started out with the photo above, which features a scene from Ghostbusters with Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. He started out taking these photos with his BlackBerry and sharing them only with family and friends. He has since upgraded his camera and gained worldwide attention from your average teenager to movie aficionados.
As his FILMography tumblr has become more popular across the globe, he’s had the opportunity to go international with his photos as well. He’s snagged photos in Bangkok’s Chinatown, where The Hangover 2 filmed, as well as Cambodia, where he found an old temple where they shot scenes for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Peter O’Toole’s Lord Jim.
People criticize or look a little too deeply into Moloney’s choice to shoot in black and white. It’s less of an artistic choice and comes more out of frugality. He told Wired, “really I just have a black and white printer and color is expensive.” He also gets some flack for his movie choices (there’s definitely some chick flicks in there), as well as not always lining up his shots perfectly.
Don’t worry Moloney, I won’t judge. I think this will inspire some cool vacation photos. I’ll be in NYC in a couple of weeks for New York Comic-Con, and I’ve already been to most of these locations, so I might have to do some recreations myself. I also live in L.A., so I’m surrounded by countless places where movies were shot.
Are there any cool movies scenes that were filmed near your house?
The Hangover Part II (2011)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Bride Wars (2009)
The Fisher King (1991)
A Face in the Crowd (1957)
The French Connection (1971)
Lord Jim (1965)
Miracle in the Rain (1956)
North by Northwest (1959)
Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
Uptown Girls (2003)
While You Were Sleeping (1995)